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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magnfl 8II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 8’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 73-4.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonMagnússflokkr

text and translation

Lǫgðu (grœðis glóða)
gramr ok jarl fyr skǫmmu
(þar kom bitr á bǫrva
brandleikr) saman randir,
svát manþinga munðut
merkjendr Heðins serkjar
— herr náði gný gørva
geirs — orrostu meiri.

Gramr ok jarl lǫgðu saman randir fyr skǫmmu; {bitr brandleikr} kom þar á {bǫrva {glóða grœðis}}, svát {{{{Heðins man}þinga} serkjar} merkjendr} munðut meiri orrostu; herr náði gørva {gný geirs}.
‘The king and the jarl clashed shields a short time ago; biting sword-sport [BATTLE] came there upon the trees of the embers of the ocean [GOLD > MEN], so that stainers of the shirt of the assembly of Heðinn’s <legendary hero’s> maiden [(lit. ‘of Heðinn’s maiden-assembly’) = Hildr > BATTLE > ARMOUR > WARRIORS] did not remember a greater battle; the army got to carry out tumult of the spear [BATTLE].

notes and context

Magnús engages with Sveinn Úlfsson in a fierce sea-battle off Århus (Áróss).



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Þjóðolfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnúsflokkr 8: AI, 363, BI, 334, Skald I, 168, NN §2265C; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 54, IV, 195-6, ÍF 28, 48, Hkr 1991, 587 (Mgóð ch. 30), F 1871, 185, E 1916, 27; Fms 6, 76 (Mgóð ch. 38), Fms 12, 133-4.


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